Monday, July 19, 2010

Daycare Dilemma

I know it has been awhile since I have written but I have been in limbo. DH and I were hoping that a possible work from home job would be finalized before Decision Day. Unfortunately the job didn't get finalized in time and now I have to go back to work on Aug 16th :(

Since we were hoping this job would work out we never secured childcare for Ant. We figured this job would work out and I would be home with him as planned. At this moment we have 2 choice.

Choice number one is a Nanny share with my friend. The problems with the nanny share is cost and my friend wasn't planning on starting till Novemeber. I think she can start in October for me but that still leaves August and September.

Choice number two is a in home daycare but the big problem is it is to far from my work. Normally it wouldn't be a big deal but DH is going on tour in October, which makes me a single parent for a month. Also I didn't like that she wanted to give Ant formula and rice ceral. I work hard to make breastmilk and if I make it he will drink it.

My choice is the obvious one of doing a nanny share with my friend. The reasons for this is because Ant is on a great schedule and I would like it to continue, he will be close to work, he could use his cloth diapers, and not be forced to eat solids before we are ready. So if money was no object we would be set. Finished...but that isn't the case.

As for Ant he is doing great. He has gained another pound so he is about 13 1/2lbs. He is nursing more but we are still supplmenting with the bottle. I was hoping I would be able to enjoy a few weeks without bottles but I am starting to think that might never happen but the most important thing is he is growing.


  1. love the picture of you 2!

    i think you should look for an alternative daycare situation for ant. in the meantime, ask the home daycare provider if she will honor your wishes by using cloth diapers, not starting him on solid foods or using formula, etc.

    if she doesn't do these things, she is not the right person, period. going back to work is impossibly hard even if you have found what you consider to be the "perfect" daycare. i really think this would make it that much harder on yourself. trust is #1 with daycare providers.

  2. Daycare is a big deal. You cannot settle. You have worked hard to get him on a schedule and while no one can do it as well as you, you need to find someone/someplace that will at least make an effort. Ask some of the other teachers at school, sometimes they know of someone close by the school, even a students parent with similar values. The nanny share sounds good but you are still stuck for 2 months. It's good to have a back up plan - for vacations and illness. Keep up the search, you will find the place that feels like a second home for Ant. My son has been at the same sitter since he was 7 weeks old (he's now 5), he goes to a preschool/daycare during the school year but still looks forward to going to her house on school breaks and summer vacation. Is it the perfect place? No. But it is dang close, she loves him, he loves her, 'nough said. Good luck.

  3. He is so adorable!!!! Good luck in making the decision on childcare! BTW- I love his shirt =)

  4. He is so precious! I love little Ant. I'm with your other fellow commenters. Don't settle. You'll find a good daycare solution.